NATO Conference 2013 on THz and Security Applications

NATO Conference 2013 on THz and Security Applications


NATO Conference 2013 on THz and Security Applications

 “ THz and Security Applications

 “ Detectors, Sources and Associated Electronics for THz Applications ”

May 26-29, 2013



The risk of mass murder due to terroristic attacks is more and more a very dangerous problem to be countered for security in civil and military world. One the most appealing technologies recently emerging is based on THz detection of explosive and other forms of threats, although up to now problems in operational devices  ( both for sensors and for  sources) are strongly limiting the application of this technology especially considering size, complexity in its use, and overall the cost and the need of very low temperature for  sensors.

Review Papers on THz most advanced Sensors and Sources Technologies will be presented and discussed especially for Security Systems applications .

Particular attention to future developments in room temperature ,unattended devices and systems will be paid in the presentations and discussions.

The proposed ARW has the main task of describing the most advanced technologies, to identify their points of operational strength and weakness and to forecast the best technological solutions to overcome the actual  operational limits and to suggest to NATO SPS the most reliable ways to proceed for future developments.

I. Background and Justification:

Compact un-cooled or cooled not deeper then to liquid-nitrogen temperatures detectors, powerful sources and associated electronics now are the parts which are the key-points that define the ultimate performance of THz imaging both passive and active. Also, it is supposed to involve to the Meeting the specialists in modelling and simulation of these components (including, e.g., matrix arrays, antennas simulation and optimization, etc.). Further development physics based modelling and simulation is important for subsequent development of costly save THz vision systems. Development of high performance parts of vision systems and systems as whole, their modelling and simulation will continue to be of interest to NATO for several reasons: First, these parts are important systems components for e.g. surveillance and non-intrusive border security applications, standoff detection of explosives, other military and security applications, as they qualify the system parameters. Second, development in the fields mentioned, is supposed, will promote design of more advanced THz vision systems. Development of THz imaging systems to provide the detectors, sources and associated electronics capabilities is complex and costly. Advanced detectors, sources and associated electronics design and manufacturing especially un-cooled or slightly cooled parts, must be used to reduce cost and extend application capabilities of THz vision systems.


II. Objectives :

The objectives of this Meeting are to review the current state of the art in uncooled or not deeply cooled THz detectors, sources and associated electronics for THz vision. The purpose also is to provide a clear view on the current technologies and the required advances to achieve more efficient systems. Also the aim is to establish the baseline of current uncertainty estimations in physics-based modelling and simulation and to identify key areas requiring further research and development.

III. Topic to be covered:

Topics will address detectors and sources physics, detectors design and technology based manufacturing and will include questions concerning associated electronics design, modelling and simulations of electronics circuits and antennas. The program will be completed with a discussion on the experience acquired over the past years in developing advanced detectors, sources and associated electronics in USA and Europe.

IV. Deliverable:

Meeting Proceedings


Co-Directors :

Prof. Carlo Corsi (Leader Country :Italy)

Prof. Fedir  Sizov ( Guesting Country : Ukraine)

Prof. Antony Rogalski  (Cooperating Country: Poland)



PROGRAMME  NATO ARW  – “ THz and Security Applications” 

KIEV UKRAINE   27-29   May 2013

1st Day :

 9.00-9.15: Registration/Opening

 9.15-9.30: Welcome: Prof. Fedir  Sizov


Chair: Fedir  Sizov

9.30-10.30 Carlo Corsi TeraHertz: Infrared and/or Submillimeter Waves? History, Actual Limits and Future Developments for Security Systems”, C.R.E.O. Centro ricerche Elettro Ottiche – L’Aquila, Italy;

10.30-11.30 Antony Rogalski, “Far-infrared semiconductor detectors and focal plane arrays”,Institute of Applied Physics,Military University of Technology,Varsaw, Poland;


11.30-11.45 :  Coffee Break


Chair: Antony Rogalski

11.45-12.45 Fedir Sizov, A. Golenkov, N. Sakhno, V. Reva, Z. Tsybrii, J. Gumenjuk-Sychevska, V. Zabudsky. “ Problems in formation of large format THz/sub-THz arrays”.Institute of Semiconductor Physics of the NationalAcademy of Sciences of Ukraine, Kiev, Ukraine;

12.45-13.30 Mykola  Sochinskyi “Fabrication and characterization of selected   materials for THz detection “ CREO Madrid, Spain;


13.30 -14.30  Lunch


Chair: Carlo Corsi

14.30-15.30. -Manijeh Razeghi High power THz sources with wide tunability based on intracavity difference frequency generation” Center for Quantum Devices, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois60208, USA;

15.30-16.30 Gregory Goltsman, Ozhegov R.V., Gorshkov K.N., Smirnov K.V, Filippenko L.V., KosheletsV.P. “Terahertz Imaging System based on Superconducting Integrated Receiver” (MSPU, JSC “Superconducting nanotechnology”, Institute of Radio Engineering and Electronics IREE RAS (Moscow, Russia);


16.30-16.45 Coffee Break


Chair:  Manijeh Razeghi

16.45-17.45 Miriam Vitiello Terahertz Photonics: from ultra-stable quantum cascade lasers to nanowire and graphene architectures for room temperature photodetectors Laboratorio  NEST: National Enterprise for nanoScience and nanoTechnology   Pisa-Italy;

17.45-18.45 Vincenzo Spagnolo . Borri,1 P. Patimisco,2 A. Sampaolo,2 H. E. Beere,3 D. A. Ritchie,3 M. S Vitiello,4 G. Scamarcio,1,2 and V. Spagnolo.  THz quartz enhanced photo-acoustic sensors  Dipartimento Interateneo di Fisica, Università degli Studi di Bari CNR, Istituto di Fotonica e Nanotecnologie  Fisica Sperim. ’Università degli Studi di Bari- Italy;



End of  1st day Section


2nd Day:


9.00-10.00 Hartmut.Roskos “Overview on approaches towards THz stand-off Securityscanning ““Physikalisches Institut J. W. Goethe Univ.  Frankfurt am Main-Germany;

10.00-11.00 Woichiech  KNAP, D. Coquillat, F. Teppe and N. Dyakonova, “THz detection and imaging with silicon nanotransistors“, Laboratory Charles Coulomb &TERALAB, Université Montpellier 2 &CNRSMontpellier, FRANCE;


11.00-11.15 Coffee Break


Chair : Gregory Goltsman

11.15-12.15  DIMITRY VAVRIV, A.V. Somov,” 3D THz-imaging Systems“, Institute of 11.Radioastronomy of the NationalAcademy of Sciences of Ukraine,Ukraine;

12.15-13.00 Norbert  Palka, Marcin Kowalski, Michał Walczakowski, Mieczyslaw Szustakowski “ THz Sensors Technologies” THz spectroscopy and imaging for  civil and military security Inst.of Optoelec, Military Univ Techn. Warsaw, Poland;


13.00-14.30 Lunch


Chair: Hartmut Roskos

14.30-15.30 Alexander Shkurinov  Broadband THz TDS spectroscopy with the optical breakdown based sources”, Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia;

15.30-16.15  Oleg Mitrofanov  Near-field probe technologies for broadband THz Spectroscopy” Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Univ.y College London, UK; Coffee Break


Chair : Ashok Vaseashta

16.30-17-30  Francesco Palma, “Terahertz Technology Applications seen by Industry”, NTT – New Tera Technology, 10126, Torino, Italy;

17.30-18.15  Sandro Mengali  “EC Programmes in Security applications of IR Technology” – C.R.E.O. L’Aquila, Italy;



End of the 2nd Day Section


3rd   Day :

Chair: Woichiech  KNAP,

9.00-10.00 Ashok. Vaseashta New THz Technologies and Applications in support of  Safety and Security Institute for Advanced Sciences Convergence and International lean Water Institute NUARIHerndon, VA 20171, USA;

10.00-11.30 Round TableFrame of the Discussions by Invited Speakers: Future developments for reliable, low cost, possibly unattended THz Systems for Security Applications.


11.30-11.45 Coffee Break


11.45-13.00 Proposals and Interventions by all the Participants.


13.00-14.30 Lunch break


14.30-17.00 : Conclusions and Proposal Document to NATO SPS/ASI


End of the ARW    


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